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Kenneth W. Masters

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Practice Areas:

  • Appellate
  • Civil Litigation

Biography

Ken Masters has been litigating civil appeals for nearly 30 years. His hundreds of civil appeals have concerned virtually every significant legal subject matter, ranging from adverse possession to zoning, and to ZZ Top (copyright infringement). Specific appeals include constitutional questions (e.g., First Amendment and civil rights issues); contracts and other business matters; corporations (including corporate disregard); debtor and creditor; injunctions; insurance coverage; employment law; family law; landlord/tenant; new trial issues; products liability; professional malpractice (legal and medical); property disputes of all sorts (including land use, mortgages, and real estate transactions); statutes; secured transactions; securities; torts (including complex personal injury); trusts and estates (including wills); workers compensation; and of course complex civil and appellate jurisdictional and procedural questions.

Mr. Masters regularly practices in all of Washington’s appellate courts, including each Division of the Washington State Court of Appeals (Seattle, Tacoma, and Spokane); the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (Seattle and San Francisco); and the Washington (Olympia) and United States (Washington, D.C.) Supreme Courts.

Mr. Masters is honored to have been repeatedly listed as a "Top 10" (2017-2020, "ranked#1" in 2019) and “Top 100” Washington attorney and Super Lawyer®, and in Best Lawyers in America® for appeals, and hence to have received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from America's Top 100 Attorneys®. He is also very proud to have appeared on the Washington State Supreme Court's Honor Roll for pro bono service (at least 50 hours a year) since 2004. He is also a past President of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

In addition to serving his clients faithfully, Mr. Masters has long served his profession and the public. He has chaired and/or presented at dozens of CLEs on appellate practice and other substantive legal areas. He served on the WSBA Board of Governors (including as treasurer); chaired numerous state and local bar committees and a task force; and served as Trustee and as President of the Washington State Bar Foundation. He has long served as Contributing Editor for the WASHINGTON APPELLATE PRACTICE DESKBOOK, most recently rewriting the brief writing chapter for the latest (4th) edition. And he is a past President (and current Emeritus Board member) of Earshot Jazz, which presents the premier northwest Seattle Jazz Festival.

Rated by Super Lawyers top 10 Washington SuperLawyers.com
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The American Registry America's Most Honored Lawyers Ken Masters America's Most honored top 1 percent professionals 2020
35th anniversary eagle program WSAJ Eagle 2021
As published in U.S. News & world report Best Law Firms in Washington First Tier Rankings 2021
Best Law Firms 2022
Lawyer Of The Year 2022